Come back Dave Smith, all is forgiven!
Before heading up country on a scouting mission the Argyle manager confidently predicted an entertaining
game in his absence because Leeds were an exciting side and always worth
With nine goals and umpteen near misses Smith was spot on about the entertainment value but most of the excitement around Home Park was generated by his own much maligned
They confounded everyone
- possibly themselves included - by ending their wretched run with a blistering volley of firepower.
A side going 10
games without a win might be expected to win the 11th by the odd flukey goal and count their lucky stars just to do that.
But Argyle displayed enough attacking panache to do it in style, revealing a killer instinct that would have given Smith immense satisfaction. They raised premature hopes of a shock result by plundering two goals from John Clayton and Kevin Summerfield inside II minutes, only to kill off the optimism just as promptly by conceding two within the next seven minutes.
They not only surrendered a well-won lead but again allowed their frail defence to be exposed too often for any long-term confidence that they could keep it tight enough to succeed in this or any other game.
But Argyle's defensive problems paled into insignificance alongside Leeds. Some of their efforts bordered on the Kamikazi and Argyle, moving more sweetly as an attacking unit than they have for weeks past, took great delight in punishing the errors.
Summerfield, Mark Smith and Clayton made it five before Glynn Snodin pulled back a third for Leeds. Then Tynan belatedly joined the high scoring spree in the last minute.
Goals apart, the action was rough, tough and uncompromising enough to suggest that Weston-super-Mare Ron Groves might consider ordering an early bath for more than one offender.
He was seen pointing to the dressing room at least twice and might have had fewer disciplinary problems if he had imposed more authority in the first half.
Both sides taxed the judgement of the officials to the limit by springing an offside trap at every opportunity.
Leeds, however, grew to rely on it far more than Argyle and yet despite ensnaring every Argyle attacker in turn, they still couldn't avoid suffering their biggest defeat of the season, having conceded only 10 goals before this
Argyle started with John Brimacombe in midfield to curb John Sheridan's creative skills but were so confident in their own ability to extract a long-overdue victory that they ditched the close-marking plan at half time.
Brimacombe was given more freedom to attack and a bad tempered Leeds eventually buckled under the strain.
Argyle - Crudgington; J. Rowbotham (D. Rowbotham), L. Cooper, Matthews, Law, Smith, Hodges,
Sumrnerfield, Tynan, Clayton, Brimacombe. Sub: Evans.
- Day; Aspin, Adams (Stiles), Haddock, Ashurst, Williams, DeMange, Sheridan, Taylor, Pearson,
Snodin. Sub: Swan.
Scorers: Argyle -Clayton 2,
Summerfield 2, Smith, Tynan; Leeds -Taylor, Snodin (2).
Referee: Mr. R. Groves (Weston-super-Mare).